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Biotechnol J. 2019 Sep 13:e1900175. doi: 10.1002/biot.201900175. [Epub ahead of print]

Probing and Engineering the Fatty Acyl Substrate Selectivity of Starter Condensation Domains of Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetases in Lipopeptide Biosynthesis.

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State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200240, P. R. China.
School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200240, P. R. China.


Lipopeptides are produced by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) and contain diverse fatty acyl moieties that are major determinants of antibiotic potency. The lipid chains are incorporated into peptidyl backbones via lipoinitiation, a process comprising free fatty acid activation and the subsequent starter condensation domain (C1)-catalyzed conjugation of fatty acyl moieties onto the aminoacyl substrates. Thus, a thorough understanding of lipoinitiation biocatalysts would significantly expand their potential to produce novel antibiotics. Here, biochemical assays, in silico analysis, and mutagenesis studies are used to ultimately identify the specific amino acid residues that control the fatty acyl substrate selectivity of C1 in lipopeptide A54145. In silico docking study has identified four candidate amino acids, and subsequent in vitro assays confirmed their functional contribution to the channel that controls substrate selectivity. Two engineered variants with single point mutations in C1 are found to alter the substrate selectivity toward nonnatural fatty acyl substrates. The detailed mechanistic insights into the catalytic contribution of C1 obtained from the present study will facilitate future NPRS biocatalyst efforts.


condensation domain; fatty acyl selectivity; nonribosomal peptide synthetase biosynthesis; protein engineering


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